Nothing has shown how balance in the garden makes the best sense than this growing season. We started off dry, with lots of sun. Then switched to damp, even waterlogged, with little sun. As a result, most things have not had the conditions they love to thrive. I’ve had many plants suffer poor blooming and many things have developed blights, fungal outbreaks, or other problems. Many weeds this year too. Too many for my tastes. Here’s what I’ve captured since the solstice. Enjoy the gallery!
This is a set that is best viewed in person. Photos just don’t do them justice. It was inspired by footage of the wildfires in California this year, specifically a garden with roses on fire. Not something I’d want to happen to anyone, but it was a great inspiration for these paintings. I began with a textured surface and then a metallic base background in silver. Then I used acrylic and ink, in red, yellow, and orange layers, to build the roses and flames.
The Farmington holiday tree lighting ceremony will be Friday, December 1st this year. The festivities are from 6:30 – 8pm and are located on Central Street. The Farmington Recreation Department will have hot chocolate and treats. There will be music performed by Farmington’s own Henry Wilson School and of course a special visit from Santa. The DeJulio family has planned to have a memorial table for residents to stop and share stories of Tom DeJulio. There is also a Santa meet & greet, Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm at the Farmington Recreation Department.
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Early October is the herald for the season of slow slumber in New Hampshire. The garden is beyond twilight and though most plants are preparing for winter, some things re-surge. The dahlias come back with a vengeance. One. Last. Hurrah.
We had great leafy vegetable crop; four kinds of lettuce and some awesome kale, which is very happy with the cold right now. We had a steady tomato crop and my peppers grew very well this year. Our pear tree is old enough to give us lots of fruit this year and they have been delicious. We had a big enough crop that we could give some to neighbors.
We’ve continued to have warmer weather for fall, though our nights are dipping as they should. It has been a little dry as well. Times of killing frost are almost upon us. I hope you enjoy the flower and plant gallery; this will be the last one for this year! Continue reading “Easygoing Early #October #Garden #Photos”
Late summer, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden is in the twilight of its’ life. As the prolonged heat of mid to late summer moves in most plants get a bit ragged and tired. Even with extra water it is hard to keep blooms coming. As you can see that doesn’t mean the garden looks bare. We’ve actually had cooler than normal weather this year, which has felt great while out in the garden. Much less use of the AC too. I hope you enjoy the gallery. There should be one more coming! Continue reading “Lazy Late #Summer #Garden #Photos”
It is feeling like spring here in NH, though we are actually in the middle of winter. Temps are creeping up during the day to fifty or sixty degrees in most places. A false spring. These two landscape paintings have been sitting around for a bit with the under painting work done. I really wasn’t sure where I wanted to go to finalize them. One is a little more clear as I see it being later in the day and the hazy version I imagine in early morning with lifting fog. I’m going to call these False Spring Morning & False Spring Afternoon.
One of the best things about living in a northern climate is that we get a sustained period of each season. I really enjoy the cold and I love snow. Winter never gets old for me. Hoping you enjoy these winter photos as much as I do. Continue reading “#Winter Wonderland #Photos”